Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind the Making of “House Party”

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The Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff were supposed to play the lead roles

When it came time to cast the movie, it only made sense that it would involve Hip Hop stars. And Will and Jazzy Jeff owed New Line Cinema a favor…like legally. In their single, “Nightmare on My Street” they sampled Freddy Kruger from the similarly titled horror film “Nightmare on Elm Street.” They came with a settlement and a part of it was for Will and Jazzy Jeff to appear in a New Line film. The studio suggested them to Hudlin. Hudlin had his reservations, saying he didn’t want them to do the film out of obligation.  Not completely ruling it out, he talked to Russell Simmons about it. Simmons said that the two had another movie they were working on and said no. So that’s how they opened up the casting.  As you might have imagined, the Fresh Prince Jazzy Jeff movie never happened.

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